KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that strict crackdown would be carried out on professional beggars as they are security risk and threat to the life and property of citizens.
He said this while addressing a meeting at his office. Additional Secretary Auqaf and Religious Affairs Akhter Hussain Bugti, Director Social Welfare Department Nuzhat Fatima, representatives of Saylani Welfare Trust and Alamgir Welfare Trust, Deputy Director Social Welfare Department Rehana Khatoon and other relevant officers were also present on the occasion.
Siddiqui said that the sudden arrival of a large number of beggars in Karachi in the holy month of Ramazan was a security threat and a cause of concern. More beggars are expected to throng in the city on the eve of Eid, therefore, immediate steps should be taken on solid basis to avoid any untoward situation.
The commissioner announced a seven-member task force for implementation of anti-beggary law, rehabilitation of professional beggars, temporary arrangement for them and sending them back to their original places.
The task force comprised Director Social Welfare Department Nuzhat Fatima, Deputy Commissioner Central Dr Saifur Rehman, Additional IGP Karachi, DIG traffic police Karachi, representatives of Saylani Welfare and Social Welfare Department Karachi Metropolitan Corporation and Assistant Director Commissioner Office Salman Ahmed. Fatima would be the convener of the task force.
Siddiqui directed the task force to work on war-footing basis against beggary and make plan on solid basis.
Fatima said that a shelter home by Social Welfare Department Sindh was in final stages in Korangi, which would be completed soon.
Meanwhile, Saylani Welfare offered that it was ready to provide the beggars a temporary place and three times food.